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Online gamer banned for 1000 years over harassing 15-year-old girl

Counter-Strike is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game.

An online tournament service has banned a user until 3016 - 365,000 days - for "malicious activity" involving a 15-year-old girl.

Counter-Strike service ESEA banned Reece "bloominator" Bloom after discovering chat logs and photos between him and the girl.

ESEA told Kotaku Australia that Bloom was "banned due to his interactions with a member of the community", and that "these types of actions are not acceptable".

It provided no other details but said "any reports of similar actions are taken very seriously and will be fully investigated by our team".

The chat logs show Bloom saying things like "I just don't care that I'm a paedophile". 

Bloom later posted an apology via on Twitter, though he has since deleted his account. "No excuses, obviously incredibly stupid of me to do what I did," Bloom wrote. "But please keep the hate on me, don't give crap to any of my friends or [organisations] I've associated with. I hope some people can forgive me, but I understand if not."

Bloom is associated with several online teams including Armor Esports and the ESEA Invite team Exertus.